By Roger Utnehmer
Two candidates with significant experience inside city hall will be on Tuesday’s primary election ballot along with a first-time candidate who wants to bring some changes to Sturgeon Bay. City council district 2 is now represented by Ron Vandertie who is not seeking re-election.
Long-time council member and former mayor Robert Starr and former council member John Lodl both want to get back into city politics. The two are facing newcomer David Hayes in the primary election. One of the three will be eliminated Tuesday. The winner will be selected in the general election April 3rd.
Starr is a supporter of Mayor Thad Birmingham and west-side waterfront development plans that included the Lindgren Hotel project.
He believes city finances are in good shape and represents a continuation of policies determined by the current city council majority. Starr also supports the decisions of the Waterfront Redevelopment Authority and its continuation.
John Lodl does not support the elimination of the WRA, saying that it’s important to bounce ideas and proposals off as many committees as possible to obtain consensus.
David Hayes believes the concept of the WRA is good but that the name is wrong. He suggests a Waterfront Community Board in its place as a clearly advisory body with a focus on the community as well as the waterfront. Hayes would like to see economic development as a subset of community, infrastructure and social-cultural development.
Lodl and Hayes support moving meetings from noon as they are now scheduled to evenings when more citizens can attend. Starr stated that he has no strong feelings either way but if evening meetings are scheduled he would prefer an earlier starting time.
The three share different solutions to the piles of dirt located on the west-side waterfront. Starr feels they can “stay in place and be utilized or removed once a new development plan is put into place for the property.” Lodl suggests using the dirt for fill as part of a dredging project. Hayes, on the other hand, would want them leveled within four months.
The complete unedited responses to a series of ten questions from each of the three candidates are available with this story at DoorCountyDailyNews.com.